Mansfield 2-1 Northampton: Rhys Oates, Jordan Bowery assist Nigel Clough’s Stags set up first leg benefit


Mansfield survived a second-half comeback to beat Northampton 2-1 and take management of their League Two play-off semi-final.

Rhys Oates and Jordan Bowery struck as Nigel Clough’s males established a two-goal lead with simply over half-an-hour on the clock (13, 32), earlier than Ali Koiki pulled one again on the finish of a menacing counter to arrange a tense last 30 minutes (61).

The Stags have been defensive of their strategy as the sport wore on, however although the anticipated onslaught got here, they held agency to keep up their slender benefit, forward of Wednesday evening’s second leg, which is stay on Sky Sports activities Soccer.


Wednesday 18th Might 7:30pm


Kick off 7:45pm

How Mansfield held on to safe first leg victory

Jon Brady’s Cobblers missed out on computerized promotion on the ultimate day of the League Two season – following Bristol Rovers’ unprecedented 7-Zero win over Scunthorpe – and, naturally, there have been fears of an premature lapse in morale.

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Rhys Oates supplied Mansfield with the lead

Mansfield misplaced out to Newport within the play-off semis again in 2018/19 and – backed by a capability crowd on the One Name – they shortly set about avenging the heartache suffered three years prior.

The hosts managed to get a grip on the sport after an open first 10 minutes and have been quickly in entrance. Bowery’s beautiful by means of ball broke the strains, with Oates holding himself onside to fireside by means of Cobblers goalkeeper Jonny Maxted’s legs.

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Jordan Bowery’s wonderful objective gave Mansfield a two-goal lead in opposition to Northampton.

Northampton labored their method again in and constructing a degree of momentum that will see them threaten Mansfield, however no sooner had they constructed up a head of steam, they discovered themselves two objectives down.

Newcastle loanee Matty Longstaff intuitively switched the ball from the proper to Jamie Murphy on the left, whose cross hit Maxted and dropped kindly for Bowery, who was introduced with a easy end from a few yards out.

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Northampton received themselves again within the tie with a objective from Ali Koiki

With an hour on the clock, the guests appeared no nearer to carving a route again into the sport – till an excellent counter, that was. Louis Appere charged down the left, steadied himself and labored the ball to Koiki, whose deflected shot discovered its method into the web.

It was Northampton who dominated thereafter, with Mansfield pressured to defend as if their lives trusted it. And although it turned nervy, they succeeded in seizing management of the tie.

What’s subsequent?

The groups return for the second leg at Sixfields at 7.45pm on Wednesday Might 18, in a sport stay on Sky Sports activities Soccer.



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